BALIK PULAU – The Health Ministry will discuss with the Public Service Department (PSD) to increase the posts of specialist doctors to overcome the shortage in government hospitals.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said there were many medical graduates who had to wait a long time to get a place in government hospitals due to the inadequate vacancies.
“The problem now is the shortage of posts. There are medical graduates who had to wait a long time to be accepted as medical officers after undergoing housemansip in government hospitals. There are doctors but there are not enough posts, so we cannot recruit them.
“At the moment, our ratio is one doctor for every 600 patients. We need twice the number of doctors by the year 2020, that is one doctor for every 400 patients. We are actively discussing with the PSD on this matter,” he told reporters after flagging off 1,500 participants of the 2016 Balik Pulau Mountainbike Jamboree, at the Balik Pulau Polytechnic, here today.
He said this when commenting on the long-term measures by the Health Ministry to overcome the shortage of specialist doctors at government hospitals. – BERNAMA